Supporting Someone With An Addiction

By: Ian Elliott
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Do you or someone you care about struggle with substance abuse? Any drug abuse (illegal substances or authorized medications) is impossible to eradicate by coercion. We at Arbutus Funeral Service are hopeful that the affected person can be helped in various ways to get rid of their addiction.

Seeing a loved one struggling with addiction is traumatic and can significantly impact your psychological health. When someone you care about — a friend, spouse, parent, child, or another family member — has a drug problem, it can be easy for that person's addiction to take over your life. Feelings of guilt, humiliation, wrath, fear, frustration, and grief can surface in addition to the stress of the actual situation.

How To Support A Person With An Addiction

With these suggestions in mind, you can learn to encourage your loved ones while protecting your own well-being with healthy boundaries. There are certain things you may do to establish a sense of security for yourself and that person:

  • Understand your close one’s substance abuse
  • Recognize addiction in a loved one

When a loved one, especially a child or teenager, is found to have a drug problem, it can cause a range of emotions, from disbelief and fear to rage. Because of these intense feelings, talking to an addict might be a struggle. If you want to have a productive conversation, schedule it for a time when you and your partner are relaxed, sober, and unencumbered. Do not pass judgment as you offer assistance and support. What's crucial is that you:

  • Don’t delay
  • Express all your concerns honestly
  • Listen to the person
  • Be prepared for their denial

Provide them with resources for overcoming their drug addiction, such as hotlines, medical professionals, treatment facilities, and support groups.

At Arbutus Funeral Service, we organize customized funeral services and help with pre-planning. For more details about funerals and other related topics, contact us with your requirements.

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